Getting your pet their annual fecal exam at your vet's office is one of the best ways to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams allow your Liberty Lake vet an opportunity to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions have the chance to arise.
What is a fecal exam?
Fecal exams are microscopic examinations of your pet's feces, which are completed at your veterinarian's office. These annual fecal exams will be able to help your vet identify and treat infections that may otherwise be compromising your pet's health and the health of members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will look for any signs of parasites such as hookworms and roundworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites can make pets irritable and uncomfortable, and could lead to many more serious issues. A number of parasites may even be transmitted to people.
Intestinal parasites live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, hidden from view. Because of this, fecals are critically important to detecting their presence.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
Get a fresh stool sample and bring it to your vet's office the same day, ideally within 4 to 6 hours for the most accurate results.
Make sure you don't let your pet's stool sample to dry out or dehydrate in the time between collecting it and bringing it into your vet's office. Many potentially parasites may be killed if you do, making their presence in the examination.
How often does my pet need a fecal?
You should have your pet tested for internal parasites at least annually. Puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues may need fecal exams more frequently. Ask your vet how often you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal.